Liberty Counsel’s Mat Staver in 2014:
The Constitution refers to high crimes and misdemeanors and when you think of a misdemeanor, you think well there’s a specific criminal offense. No, the Constitution throughout its history and through the intent does not refer to these as actual crimes; a high crime and misdemeanor is not an actual misdemeanor in the terms of the criminal sense, or a felony in the terms of a criminal sense, it’s whatever Congress says it is at any given time and that has been the case for people accepting bribes or people lying, like President Bill Clinton, he lied to the American people. That was an impeachable offense.
Liberty Counsel’s Mat Staver this morning:
The Constitution provides for a very limited area of impeachment and it involves if a president commits treason—it didn’t happen in this case—bribery—that’s not happening here where the president is getting a bribe, it’s not even alleged—or it says ‘and high crimes and misdemeanors.’ What is high crimes and misdemeanors? It’s a violation of criminal law. There is no allegation. So when we look at the precedents, this is outrageous. There is no crime, there’s really no violation at all, certainly not a high crime or a misdemeanor alleged in any of the two articles that the House sent over to the Senate.
Bolding is motherfucking mine.
As Right Wing Watch notes, Staver called for Obama’s impeachment many times, including over same-sex marriage.